חוויה לימודית ישראלית


All aspects of this itinerary should be considered subject to change.

Monday May 14—Depart DIA.


Tuesday, May 15 [GUIDE/DRIVER]

VIP airport greeting and transfer to Haifa hotel

Caesarea archeological complex (time permitting)

Dinner included at hotel

Overnight: Gallery Hotel, Haifa [D]


Wednesday, May 16 [GUIDE/DRIVER]

University of Haifa (organized on own)

Rosh Hanikrah ocean caves

Lohamei HaGetaot – Ghetto Fighters Museum

Tour of old Acco seaport's Crusader-era castle

Elijah's Cave on Mount Carmel (time permitting)

Dinner served at hotel

Overnight: Gallery Hotel, Haifa [B / D]


Thursday, May 17 [GUIDE/DRIVER]

Begin travel eastwards to the Sea of Galilee

Walking tour of Tzfat

Holy sites of the Sea of Galilee – Capernaum, Beatitudes, Kever Rambam, Yardenit

Ginnosar Jesus Boat

St. Peters Fish dinner at Kibbutz Ein Gev (on own)

Overnight: Gallery Hotel, Haifa [B]


Friday, May 18 [GUIDE/DRIVER]

The Bahai Gardens on Mt. Carmel

Beit Shearim catacombs from the Talmudic Era

Nazareth's Church of Annunciation

Beit Alpha – Talmudic-era synagogue

Ascend to Jerusalem - Panoramic Intro at the Mt. Scopus

Check-in & dinner served at hotel

Overnight: Prima Kings [B / D]


Saturday, May 19 [ON OWN]

Day on own in Jerusalem

Lunch included at hotel

Overnight: Prima Kings [B / L]


Sunday, May 20 - Yom Yerushalayim [GUIDE/DRIVER]

City of David archeological complex

Israel Museum - Including Temple Model and Dead Sea Scrolls

Yom Yerushalayim "Flag Dance" Parade to the Old City

Descend into the Judean Desert

Dead Sea (time permitting)

Check-in and dinner at accommodations

Overnight: Masada Guest House [B / D]


Monday, May 21 [GUIDE/DRIVER]

Sunrise ascent to Masada

Floating at the Dead Sea's Ein Bokek beach

Continue into the Negev Desert

Avdat - The ancient Nabateans trade routes of the Middle East

Hike to the Ein Avdat desert pools

Possible visit to Ben Gurion University satellite campus, solar energy, etc.

Camel riding & Bedouin tent dinner feast

Overnight: Chan Hashayarot [B / D]


Tuesday, May 22 [GUIDE/DRIVER]

Sde Boker - Ben Gurion's vision for the desert

Visit to a Bedouin women's weaving cooperative in Lakiya

Crawl through the archeological caves of the Bar Kochba Rebellion (time permitting)

Visit to Ben Gurion Main Campus time permitting

Explore Nahalat Binyamin street festival in Te Aviv

Walking tour of old Jaffa Seaport and dinner at Dr. Shakshouka

Overnight: Mishkenot Ruth Daniel, Tel Aviv [B / D]


Wednesday, May 23 [GUIDE/DRIVER]

Independence Hall

Palmach Museum (don’t book yet)

Rabin Square Memorial

Visit to Netanya Academic College (organized on own)

Dinner at accommodations

Overnight: Mishkenot Ruth Daniel, Tel Aviv [B / D]


Thursday, May 24 - Ascension Day [GUIDE/DRIVER]

Celebrate Ascension Day on the Mount of Olives

Garden of Gethsemane

Southern Walls excavation & Davidson Center

Kotel Tunnels tour

Evening: Tower of David Sound & Light Show

Overnight: Sephardic Centerr [B / D]


Friday, May 25 [GUIDE/DRIVER]

Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial

Shopping at Mahane Yehuda marketplace

Tour of David's Tower - Museum of Jerusalem History

Walk Rampart Walls from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate

Check-in to accommodations in the Old City

Experience “Kabbalat Shabbat” at the Western Wall

Overnight: Sephardic Center [B / D]


Saturday, May 26 [ON OWN]

Lunch and dinner included at accommodations

Special Shavuot Night Program

Overnight: Sephardic Center [B / L / D]


Sunday, May 27 - Shavuot [ON OWN]

Lunch included at accommodations

Tour of Christian Quarter and Holy Sepulchre

Overnight: Sephardic Center [B / L]


Monday, May 28, 2012

---there are alternates being discussed: Herodion and Hebron, and price issues may force us reschedule this day to the degree possible into earlier days. 

Hadassah Hospital at Ein Karem Village – View the Chagall Windows

Meet with rep of Hadassah, possible hospital tour, possible visit to Art Gallery with Wyoming ties, John the Baptist site in Ein Karm.

Explore the Bell Caves at Beit Guvrin

Tavlin spice farm and store

Closing dinner at Neot Kedumim


For those leaving: Return to airport for late night flight back to America [D]


“Classic” plan

Tuesday May 29



Wednesday May 30

At ease in Eilat


Wednesday night May 31-June 1

Overnight to Jabal Musa and Santa Katerina.


For some: Bus Taba or Santa Katerina to Cairo. It may be possible to fly back to the US from Cairo.

I do not currently recommend bus Cairo to Tel Aviv direct—the border can be a pain—I have heard about 5 hours delay for the crossing.


For others:

June 1

Public Bus to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. “Free Weekend” with help from me planning individualized excursions.


June 2-3-4

Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.